College Football

Luigi hat-wearing Saban once feared Santa
Nick Saban is the most feared man in college football recruiting, but what does the legendary Alabama Crimson Tide football coach fear?Well, as a kid, it was none other than Santa Claus.

Pac-12 media days wrap-up
That's a wrap. Media days have come and gone, and we are officially in full football mode.The big news from Day 2 was that Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles will be suspended for the first game of the season when the Huskies face the Hawaii Warriors on Aug.

Jeremy Liggins gives Ole Miss options
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BRISTOL, Conn. -- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze isn't sure how the Rebels will use highly-regarded junior-college transfer Jeremy Liggins this coming season.

Nealy has kept busy in the summer
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – If you need to find Quayshawn Nealy this summer, head to the Georgia Tech College of Computing.Then look for the big football player filing reports and shredding paper.

Petersen greets Pac-12 with QB imbroglio
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- It isn't surprising that quarterback news led Day 2 of Pac-12 media days. This is, after all, the Conference of Quarterbacks, and this bumper crop of 10 returning starters might be the Pac-12's best-ever collection gathered behind center.

Malzahn: QB Johnson will have a role
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hasn’t said whether or not quarterback Nick Marshall will miss playing time as punishment for his recent citation on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.

Butch Jones: Vols have 'momentum'
The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off its fourth straight losing season and faces what could be another difficult season in 2014, especially with a killer schedule.

A waiver, battling QBs and UVa's slide
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Can the two-year slide in the Virginia football program be directly tied to a piece of paper?Quite possibly.Let us start back in spring 2012. Quarterback Michael Rocco had just taken UVa to an 8-5 season and bowl appearance.

Fisher using 'Flu Game' in repeat title bid
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In between breaking down pass-rushers and drawing up passing trees, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher wanted to watch some basketball.

Pac-12 media days live: Day 2
Pac-12 media days resume in Los Angeles Thursday. Keep this page open beginning at noon ET/9 a.m. PT as ESPN.com reporters bring you the latest from the day's proceedings.

Take 2: Too negative at Georgia Tech?
As ACC Kickoff wound to a close on Monday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson relaxed in a chair surrounded by just a handful of reporters that had largely run out of topics to discuss.

Nealy has kept busy in the summer
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – If you need to find Quayshawn Nealy this summer, head to the Georgia Tech College of Computing.Then look for the big football player filing reports and shredding paper.

By the numbers: Dominant DBs
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Let’s begin with a little either-or exercise.Below are the basic stats for two defensive backs — tackles, tackles for loss, interceptions and passes defended.

Why Georgia Tech will win Coastal
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The ACC's Coastal Division is wide open entering the 2014 season. With six of seven teams receiving at least one first-place vote in the preseason media poll, the possibilities for how this race shakes out are seemingly endless.

A waiver, battling QBs and UVa's slide
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Can the two-year slide in the Virginia football program be directly tied to a piece of paper?Quite possibly.Let us start back in spring 2012. Quarterback Michael Rocco had just taken UVa to an 8-5 season and bowl appearance.

Fisher using 'Flu Game' in repeat title bid
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In between breaking down pass-rushers and drawing up passing trees, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher wanted to watch some basketball.

ACC's lunchtime links
Two Miami topics up for discussion this fine lunch hour. First: Is Duke Johnson a viable Heisman candidate? I agree with everything Athlon Sports says about Johnson in its write-up:From a talent standpoint, Johnson is the only other option in the ACC who can compete with Winston.

Tempo can only help Syracuse's Hunt
On the offensive side of the ball, this offseason has been all about tempo for the Syracuse Orange.Last season, the Orange ran one play every 24.8 seconds of possession time (just a tick faster than the league’s midpoint) and averaged just 74 plays per game (11th in the ACC).

West Virginia needs right ACC opponent
West Virginia has gone on a bit of a nonconference scheduling frenzy of late, announcing future games with Virginia Tech, Tennessee and NC State within the past week.

Cyclones happy to have Mark Mangino
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After just a few months in Ames, new coordinator Mark Mangino is drawing rave reviews. At least from the two Iowa State offensive players who attended Big 12 media days this week.

Mailbag: Trevor Knight, Devonte Fields
In today's Big 12 blog, we discuss Trevor Knight, Devonte Fields and Iowa State Cyclones scheduling.Click here to submit an entry for a future mailbag.

'Hot' Kliff Kingsbury reads flattering tweets
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There's no getting around it: Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury is an attractive man. This, along with the fact that he is single and has a high-profile job in the Big 12, has gained him quite a few admirers around Lubbock, the Lone Star State and the country.

Kansas' Weis lighter, even on his fingers
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BRISTOL, Conn. – Kansas Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis is a little lighter in his fingers and at his waistline.Weis, a former Notre Dame coach and NFL offensive coordinator, said he is about halfway through his weight-loss journey, which started in February with the help of a doctor in Overland Park, Kansas.

Texas pride emanates from Baylor's Briles
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BRISTOL, Conn. -- Baylor was one of college football’s biggest stories last season after finishing 11-2, winning the Big 12, playing in a BCS bowl game and scoring points at a record pace.

Former Baylor WR to Bowling Green
Former Baylor wide receiver Robbie Rhodes is transferring to Bowling Green, his father told ESPN.com.Rhodes, who was dismissed from the Baylor program in June, will sit out the 2014 season and have three seasons of eligibility at Bowling Green.

Big 12 lunchtime links
Texas coach Charlie Strong spent some time with the Numbers Never Lie crew on Wednesday. Baylor head coach Art Briles is proud of his high school roots.

Q&A: Oklahoma State DC Glenn Spencer
Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is set to begin his second season as the main in charge of the Cowboys defense. Spencer's unit had a stellar 2013 season, finishing atop the conference in points allowed (21.

Predicting the 2014 season: Week 14
Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 14, which features a Thanksgiving night showdown in Austin and another high-profile game at AT&T Stadium.

Strong encourages series with Texas A&M
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Texas and Texas A&M have played 118 times, and their in-state rivalry was a longtime holiday tradition in the Lone Star State, with the teams meeting 64 times on Thanksgiving Day.

Recruit and return: UCF Knights
You won’t find UCF in the top 40 of the class rankings, but the Knights currently rank at No. 6 in the American Athletic Conference rankings. After the Knights’ 52-42 victory over Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, here’s a look at how UCF has done on the recruiting trail and what it will need to do moving forward to capitalize on its BCS win.

Chat wrap: College GameDay
Join our ESPN.com college football experts as they preview Saturday's matchups.Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 9 a.m. ET. See you there.

Unfamiliar foes: USF
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall ends today with USF.

Big East lunchtime links
Have a great weekend! The No. 1 player Paul Dehner Jr. says has to develop for Cincinnati this season is .... Louisville picked up two commitments Thursday.

Aresco looks to the future of the American
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When the calendar turns to July 1 on Monday, the American Athletic Conference officially begins operations.It has been a turmoil-filled two years for the league no longer known as the Big East.

Rising stock of Teddy Bridgewater
The 2013 college football season has the potential to be one of the greatest quarterback classes ever. Eight of the top 10 teams in last year’s final AP Poll return their starting quarterbacks, and every conference except the Big 12 returns either their first- or second-team quarterbacks from last season.

Big East mailbag
Coming at you one day early.Bigg Edd Gladney in Somerset, N.J., writes: Since Pitt will not let Shell return to the team, would it be a good idea for Rutgers or Temple to make a play for him (since he wants to be on the East Coast, close to his daughter and family)?

Big East lunchtime links
Plenty of recruiting news. Receiver Johnny Holton needs to step up for Cincinnati this year. Former Louisville linebacker Otis Wilson is set for induction into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday.

Unfamiliar foes: UConn
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall continues today with UConn.

Unfamiliar foes: UCF
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall continues today with UCF.

Take Two: Should B1G change media days?
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Our crew of Big Ten reporters will occasionally give their takes on a burning question facing the league. They'll have strong opinions, but not necessarily the same view.

Five predictions for B1G Media Days
Big Ten Media Days is nearly upon us. Just survive the weekend, and you'll get a full dose of coaches and players on Monday and Tuesday. As our time to preview the event winds to an end, here's a fearless forecast of what to expect from the Hilton Chicago: Jim Delany will make news.

Big Ten Thursday mailbag
We're taking more of your mailbag questions from Twitter these days, and we now have individual Twitter handles in addition to the ESPN Big Ten account.

Preseason position preview: Specialists
We've been previewing each position group in the Big Ten, and we've gone through every level of the offense and defense. But that's only two-thirds of the game.

Schedule analysis: Michigan
The first games involving Big Ten teams kick off five weeks from Thursday. (Hello, Minnesota and Rutgers). We can't wait, which is why we're peeking ahead and breaking down every Big Ten team's 2014 schedule in this new series.

Big Ten lunch links
Guess who's coming to the Big Ten kickoff luncheon on Tuesday in Chicago? Former players. Rutgers might face an uphill battle this season in adjusting to the Big Ten, but at least its uniforms aren't the worst in the nation.

Ten storylines for Big Ten media days
You may have heard, Big Ten media days is right around the corner. The event runs Monday and Tuesday at the Hilton Chicago, with all 14 league coaches and 42 players set to attend.

The most quotable B1G coaches, players
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You've probably figured out that Big Ten media days are coming, as we've been previewing them extensively. As a reminder, we will be taking Twitter questions for all 12 coaches as well as the following players: Nate Sudfeld, C.

Big Ten Wednesday mailbag
Nebraska is soliciting applications from students who want to work as a DJ at football practice. Interesting concept. I wonder if this is a gimmick or a sign of things to come.

Pac-12 media days wrap-up
That's a wrap. Media days have come and gone, and we are officially in full football mode.The big news from Day 2 was that Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles will be suspended for the first game of the season when the Huskies face the Hawaii Warriors on Aug.

Petersen greets Pac-12 with QB imbroglio
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- It isn't surprising that quarterback news led Day 2 of Pac-12 media days. This is, after all, the Conference of Quarterbacks, and this bumper crop of 10 returning starters might be the Pac-12's best-ever collection gathered behind center.

Media Days takeaways: Day 2
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Some thoughts, observations and musings about Day 2 of media days from the Pac-12 blog's Kevin Gemmell, Kyle Bonagura and Chantel Jennings.Biggest football-centric takeaway?

Pac-12 media days live: Day 2
Pac-12 media days resume in Los Angeles Thursday. Keep this page open beginning at noon ET/9 a.m. PT as ESPN.com reporters bring you the latest from the day's proceedings.

Media Days are here: Day 2
We're halfway through Pac-12 media days, which continue Thursday at the Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. Here's a look at who is on tap for Day 2:Thursday's schedule: 9 a.

Media Days takeaways: Day 1
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Some thoughts, observations and musings about Day 1 of Pac-12 media days from the Pac-12 blog's Kevin Gemmell, Kyle Bonagura and Chantel Jennings.Biggest football-centric takeaway?

Scott paints sunny Pac-12 picture
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby pursed his lips at college football on Monday and announced that "cheating pays." He warned his quaking audience of reporters that NCAA "enforcement is broken.

Fun in the photo booth, Pac-12 style
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The Pac-12 introduced some silliness to its media days, as players and coaches took a reprieve from media questioning to have some fun with the props and costumes in the league's selfie photo booth.

Pac-12 media days live: Day 1
Pac-12 media days kick off in Los Angeles Wednesday. Keep this page open beginning at noon ET/9 a.m. PT as ESPN.com reporters bring you the latest from the day's proceedings.

Luigi hat-wearing Saban once feared Santa
Nick Saban is the most feared man in college football recruiting, but what does the legendary Alabama Crimson Tide football coach fear?Well, as a kid, it was none other than Santa Claus.

Jeremy Liggins gives Ole Miss options
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BRISTOL, Conn. -- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze isn't sure how the Rebels will use highly-regarded junior-college transfer Jeremy Liggins this coming season.

Malzahn: QB Johnson will have a role
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hasn’t said whether or not quarterback Nick Marshall will miss playing time as punishment for his recent citation on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.

Butch Jones: Vols have 'momentum'
The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off its fourth straight losing season and faces what could be another difficult season in 2014, especially with a killer schedule.

SEC lunchtime links
This day in sports will be forever remembered for the pine-tar home run hit by Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett. Who can forget Brett running out of the dugout, throwing his hat down and arguing the call after the umpire ruled him out for using an illegal bat with too much pine tar?

Aggies pushing aside distractions ... again
HOOVER, Ala. -- In 2012, Kevin Sumlin was dealing with being the new guy on the block at SEC media days. Last year, the Texas A&M Aggies head coach arrived in Hoover with a circus surrounding his starting quarterback.

Saban would have settled down earlier
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HOOVER, Ala. -- The question had to come. At some point during SEC media days, someone was going to ask Nick Saban about Texas. The rumors. The $100 million offer.

Strong encourages series with Texas A&M
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Texas and Texas A&M have played 118 times, and their in-state rivalry was a longtime holiday tradition in the Lone Star State, with the teams meeting 64 times on Thanksgiving Day.

Take Two: The SEC's biggest wild card
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From time to time, our SEC reporters will give their takes on a burning question facing the league. They will both have strong opinions, but not necessarily the same view.

The faces of Nick Saban's recruiting
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HOOVER, Ala. -- For better or worse, Nick Saban has a reputation. And after four decades of coaching, it's not likely to change.He's gruff. He's demanding.


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